Sixty-nine years

Today is my birthday, commemorating sixty-nine years of circling the sun. I thought it would be fun to look back at the way things were when I was born, and what happened that year. Ten events from 1954:

  1. Senator Joseph McCarthy is censured, bringing an end to his witch hunt of Communists
  2. The First Indo-China War Ends
  3. The Supreme Court rules on Brown v. Board of Education, stating that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional
  4. Ellis Island in New York closes as a point of Immigration
  5. President Eisenhower signs into law the new social security bill funded by employers and employees
  6. US “Operation Wetback” is started on 17th July to send back to Mexico almost 4 million illegal immigrants
  7. Hydrogen bomb test conducted on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
  8. The words “under God” are added to the United States Pledge of Allegiance
  9. First sub 4-minute mile run on May 6th by Roger Bannister
  10. Swanson introduces TV Dinners
Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka, KS

Cost of Living 1954 – How Much things cost

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 0.32%

Yearly Inflation Rate UK 1.9%

Average Cost of new house $10.250.00

Average wages per year – $4,100.00

Average Cost of a new car – $1,700.00

Average Cost of Rent $85.00 per month

Movie Ticket – 70 cents

Life Magazine – 20 cents

The Dow Jones recovers back to pre Wall Street Crash highs of 381.17

Cost of a gallon of Gas 21 cents

Average House Price UK – 1,970 –

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